I just watched (500) Days of Summer again. A beautiful film that plays out non-linearly, one of the prominent themes of it (besides love) is the idea of expectations vs. reality. Although the film explores this theme in regard to relationships, it’s one that occurs everywhere. We have expectations for starting a new company, new job, new home, a new city, a new project.  We have expectations of an existing company, existing job, existing home, existing city, existing project.

Expectations are a curious thing. Having expectations allows us to feel optimistic and can sometimes help us reach a goal we long for. On the flip side, expectations that aren’t met can leave us feeling disappointed, disillusioned and even depressed.

Expectation

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Reality

Here are some the questions are swimming around in my head:

How do you handle expectations?

What kind of expectations should we have?

What do you do when reality doesn’t meet your expectations?

Should we even have expectations anyway or just be surprised when something good happens?

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3 Responses to “The Expectations vs. Reality Game”

  1. kitzellg June 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Suzan,

    great thoughts mi lady. so i’ve been pondering it, and i think if we live with a sense of wonder, desire and drive, we can place less value on what to expect. i have rarely found in my existence that anything i expect happens, and anything i would never expect is where i land to be. now i want to watch it again. :)

  2. Suzan June 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Kit–I love your sentiments on this. I love what you have to say about living with a sense of wonder. That would certainly keep the the 3 d’s of expectations not met away!

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